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KEEPER I - Part-time HIIZ (Aquatic) {16 hours 

Category Collections/Exhibits  
Position KEEPER I - Part-time HIIZ (Aquatic)  
Full-Time/Part-Time Part-Time  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Non-Exempt  
Salary Initial Step will be $12.75 per hour as of October 1, 2019. Current benefits include ASDM paid life insurance and long-term disability plans. On a shared premium basis: PPO medical with HRA and a choice of two dental plans, an optional vision plan, additional voluntary life insurance, optional short-term disability, and 403(b) retirement plan.  

The Herpetology, Ichthyology and Invertebrate Zoology (HIIZ) department is looking for an enthusiastic individual to join our team. This permanent, part-time position is focused on facilitating quality guest experiences at the Stingray Touch exhibit. The position is responsible for assisting Keeper II’s with aquatic animal care and enrichment, monitoring animal health, working with department volunteers and interns, as well as maintaining orderliness of departmental areas. This position also serves as back-up support for other HIIZ Keeper II service areas. These duties may include data entry, as well as occasional assisting with the care of reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates and fish. Some knowledge of the aforementioned animals is desirable.

The candidate must have the desire to work directly with people and share the goal of creating a lifelong connection between people and animals by engaging guests in fun and effective encounters. Must be comfortable with developing and offering public presentations in a variety of settings. Knowledge of the Sonoran Desert region is desirable but not required. The successful candidate will be expected to continue to seek and acquire education/knowledge in related areas. The candidate must be a quick learner and self-motivating, requiring little supervision. Must be team oriented and have a demonstrated history of being courteous, sensitive and respectful.

The qualified candidate will have an Associate’s degree (A.A.) from a two-year college or technical school and a minimum of two years’ experience (preferably paid) in a related field, preferably at an AZA accredited facility. A combination of education and applicable experience may also be considered. Must be able to lift and carry up to 50 lbs. Must be available to work weekends and holidays, in addition to occasional evenings/nights as required to meet ASDM’s operational needs. Satisfactory driving record and valid Arizona Driver's License (or ability to obtain) required.


This position was opened on June 14, 2019 and does not have a closing date. It is considered open until filled; however, application review will begin immediately. Please understand that if offered a position, you will, as a final condition of employment, be required to successfully complete a pre-employment drug screen and provide a 39-month DMV report.


Reports To: Curator

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt, Bargaining Unit Position

Date Prepared: February 28, 2018

Wage Progression: Beginning 10/01/2019, the Initial Step will be $12.75/hour with annual step increases based upon hire date and the bargaining unit agreement in effect at the time of the anniversary date. Step 2: $13.18; Step 3: $13.60; Step 4: $14.88; Step 5: $15.33; Step 6: $15.64; Step 7: $15.95; Step 8: $16.76.


Ensures animal welfare and institutional support by performing the duties below.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following; other duties will be assigned

  • Prepares food for charges by chopping or grinding meat, fish, fruit, or vegetables; mixing prepared, dry, or liquid commercial feeds, or unbaling forage grasses per department practices and protocols
  • Cleans and fills water containers and places food in enclosures per department practices and protocols
  • Adds vitamins, medications or supplements to food or water as prescribed by ASDM's Veterinarian
  • Observes animals to detect illnesses or injuries and notifies Curator or ASDM's Veterinarians of findings. Will promptly notify Curator or veterinary team of issues and concerns
  • Assists ASDM's Veterinarians and veterinary Technician in treatment of animals for illnesses and injuries
  • Cleans and disinfects animals' quarters per department practices and protocols
  • Will assist with developing desired animal behaviors per department practices and protocols
  • In conjunction with departmental needs and supervisory approval, may be involved with training non-critical skills and/or skills that are unrelated to documented protocol.
  • Under curatorial direction, transfers Collection animals from one location or enclosure to another for purposes such as rearrangement of exhibits, veterinary needs or programs
  • Sets temperature and humidity controls of quarters as specified per department practices and protocols
  • Answers visitor questions concerning animal habits, conservation or museum operations
  • Will participates in educational activities as required, (i.e., Docent classes, ADC, Art Institute, media)
  • Assists other collection departments, maintenance, and exhibits staff when required
  • May assist in the collection of specimens and exhibit materials per ASDM guidelines
  • Will provide and create approved environmental enrichment, following AZA guidelines and per department practices and protocols
  • Will participate in formal presentations at ASDM or off-site, (i.e., Keeper talks, theater programs, behind-the-scenes tours)
  • Will complete on-line annual training as required

Supervisory Responsibilities

No supervisory responsibilities

Position Requirements


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience

Associate's degree (A. A.) from two-year college or technical school and a minimum of two years' experience in a related field (preferably paid) at an AZA-accredited facility desirable or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Other Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of the Sonoran Desert region highly desirable.
  • Knowledge of zoo facilities and operations desirable.
  • Knowledge of natural history, safe animal capture and handling, husbandry, and ecosystems required.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations

  • Valid Arizona Driver’s License or ability to obtain
  • Satisfactory 39-month DMV report

Other Qualifications

Must be able to work holidays and weekends.

Physical Demands

While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; talk or hear and taste or smell. The employee must regularly lift and /or move up to 10 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.

Work Environment\

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to outside weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is often quiet, but hearing protection is occasionally required.

The above description reflects a general overview of the responsibilities, reporting relationships and position requirements for this job classification. It is not intended to be a complete description of all duties and requirements that may be inherent in the position.

Open Date 6/14/2019  

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